Improving the management of care for high-cost medicaid patients

John Billings, Tod Mijanovich

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Increased policy attention is being focused on the management of high-cost cases in Medicaid. In this paper we present an algorithm that identifies patients at high risk of future hospitalizations and offer a business-case analysis with a range of assumptions about the rate of reduction in future hospitalization and the cost of the intervention. The characteristics of the patients identified by the algorithm are described, and the implications of these findings for policymakers, payers, and providers interested in responding more effectively to the needs of these patients are discussed, including the challenges likely to be encountered in implementing an intervention initiative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1643-1655
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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